Dawgs' 2011 Receiver Corps Gets An Upgrade As Christian Conley Commits

J WileyContributor IApril 17, 2010

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs cheer before the game agaisnt the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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A few days ago, the buzz about North Paulding's Chris Conley was that everybody wanted to recruit him, almost 20 schools had offered a scholarship, and he had recently visited the engineering school in Atlanta.  Friday there was a new buzz about Chris, and it was tough news for that fuzzy bee named Buzz down on North Ave. 

Christian Conley committed to Georgia.

According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Chris delivered the news to Mark Richt in a phone call on Friday morning and shared the news with his team mates, coaches, family and friends in Dallas GA.  His decision to keep the announcement low key, inviting and thanking those closest to him, is indicative of his character.

For dawg fans, this news will take some of the sting out of the abandoned commitment of the Rogers kid earlier this year.

With 81 catches for 848 yards and 6 touchdowns last year, great speed and size, Conley has what it takes to become one of the most prolific receivers to wear the Red and Black in the coming decade.  But the genuine humility and values that were evident in his announcement have received as much praise as his athletic achievements.  North Paulding coach Heath Webb said that Conley chose to celebrate with his teammates and coaches rather than to invite the media.

Conley got a scholarship offer from Georgia after attending the senior prospect camp in Athens last summer.  UGA being first to offer got his attention, and several more visits ensued.  But he did his due diligence and gave serious consideration to Alabama, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and others. 

In his statement on Friday, Chris said that "my family and I are ending my recruitment.  This decision was reached through much traveling and research but ultimately prayer... In keeping with my beliefs, I want my yes to be yes and my no to be no. Therefore, as of today, I will discontinue my contact with all schools other than UGA."

According to the folks at North Paulding, Conley is an A student.  He plans to graduate in December and enroll at UGA in January.